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Gianluca, the male artist who represented Malta in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat will be making a guest appearance on the weekly variety show, Sas-Sitta which airs on NET Television between 14:35 and 18:00 CET. The programme produced by Spiteri Lucas Entertainment features a quiz in every programme and Gianluca will be joined by his sister Dorothy as they play against Klinsmann and Kylie Coleiro, both former finalists of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.


Sas-Sitta, collaborators of escflashmalta.com for the Annual Awards given in light of the national selection is hosted by Ray Attard and Debbie Scerri, the latter having also represented Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest back in 1997, performing the track Let Me Fly written by Ray Agius to finish in ninth place. The male host alongside comedian Toni Busuttil will also be showcasing their vocal skills as they impersonate famous singers for the very last time, whilst accompanied by the programmes' band led by Mark Spiteri Lucas, one of the most successful composers in the local music industry. A spectacular afternoon on NET Television, which will also be aided with some dancing offered by Keith Dance Studio. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news. 

Source: Spiteri Lucas Entertainment, Emil Calleja Bayliss (Photo)


Published in Local Music News

Karen DeBattista, a nineteen year old performer from Mosta, one of the largest localities in the country has become the first finalist in this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. Whilst not being an entirely new face to the local music scene, it seems that she will be following in the footsteps of Simone Gauci who came out of nowhere during the previous year to win Passport 2 Indifest beating jury favourite Marie Claire Attard Bason. In an extraordinary turn-around, the professional jury put her in the first runner-up position finishing in the same slot for the second year running. It is worth noting that Marie Claire Attard Bason has already competed in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the song Ma Rridx Ninbidel composed by Sean Vella to the lyrics of Rita Pace in a first time bid within the local music scene.

Dak Li Għidtli Dakhinar, composed by Dominic Galea with lyrics by Joe Friggieri was the opening track of the competition with Karen DeBattista offering the viewers and the jury a much different rendition to what has become a true Nadine Axisa classic. On the other hand, Marie Claire Attard Bason followed with powerhouse vocals as she performed the song Intlaqt Mal-Mewġ composed by Mark Scicluna to the lyrics of Rita Pace. Once more, she was definitely not challenging Janice Mangion, the original performer, giving her own spin to the track but the arrangement did not really suit the track itself in my opinion and thus left the audience yearning more. Regulations for this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza will be unveiled during the course of the week but nevertheless, songs for Karen DeBattista will be put aside and listened to individually. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the local music scene.

Source: Spiteri Lucas Entertainment, Emil Calleja Bayliss (Image)


Saturday, 13 April 2013 01:26

KKI 2013: Juries to Select First Finalist

1964 by Annabelle Debono is one of the most iconic tracks to have ever won the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendendenza and later on today, she will be amongst a panel of judges selecting the first finalist for this years' edition of the local spectacle. She will be joined by former participants; Neville Refalo and Janvil whose expertise in field will definitely be a positive characteristic. The two finalists of the Passport 2 Indifest competition are none other than Marie Claire Attard Bason, a former Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza finalist and Karen DeBattista, a former finalist in the Malta Hit Song Contest. 

Both have an outstanding resumè and both are relatively young but one will get the direct qualificiation, with the other one choosing whether to submit a track within a normal process. The Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is one of the most prestigious singing competitions in the country with one of the reasons being that each of the submitted entries has to be original and in Maltese. Last year, Deborah C was crowned winner with the track Jekk Nużaw Moħħna composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas with lyrics by Joe Chircop whilst the Passport 2 Indifest winner, Simone Gauci finished in a mid-table position with her entry Id F'Id composed by Renato Briffa to the lyrics of Keith Zammit whilst ranking within the top five when it came to tele-voting.

Passport 2 Indifest is a concept drawn up between the committee of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza which featured two escflashmalta.com editorial board members up until last year as well Spiteri Lucas Entertainment, responsible for the programme Sas-Sitta on NET Television. Apart from the revelation of which performer will be gaining direct qualification into the final of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, next week, the programme will also be raising funds to help Puttinu Cares, an organization which supports families who have children suffering from cancer. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Spiteri Lucas Entertainment, Clint Gerald Attard (Photograph)


Maltese as a language has been described as one of the most notorious identifiable elements and therefore, it does go to show that the music industry takes a liking to the use of the aforementioned method of speech in a number of competitions including L-Għanja tal-Poplu and the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. The focus is on the latter due to the large amount of submitted entries every year although it has to be noted that quantity does not really mean quality. Nevertheless, most of the winners have been merited their top ranking position especially when noting that the most notable performers to come out were none other than; Eleanor Cassar, Ira Losco, Claudia Faniello, Nadine Axisa, Roger Tirazona, Miriam Christine, Lawrence Gray, Amber, Mike Spiteri and Claudette Pace amongst others. Garnering entry into the competition is not easy and therefore, Spiteri Lucas Entertainment and the Committee of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza thought up the idea to promote a wildcard entry which would be granted through a performance competition on television show; Sas-Sitta which airs every Saturday afternoon on NET Television with Ray Attard and former Eurovision Song Contest representative; Debbie Scerri as hosts.

As a matter of fact, there was renewed interest in the competition following the fact that last years' winner; Simone Gauci spoke positive of the experience and the opportunity to perform on the stage of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. It would definitely be a coup to have a complete newcomer perform during the evening but nevertheless, the shortlist of semi-finalists in this years' Passport 2 Indifest includes two former finalists in the form of Marie Claire Attard Bason and Ana-Maria Grima whilst some others have also competed in the teenage portion of the competition including Cherise Attard, Mikaela Bajada and Dorcas Debono. Other artists who have made it through this time round have experienced performances in front of an audience with Karen DeBattista having been in the Malta Summer Hit Song Contest, Cynthia Attard performing in the pre-selection stage of the 2010 Malta Eurosong, Letizia Seychell and Nicola Marie Cutajar taking part in Don't Stop Me Now. The final act to make it through was Claudio Castelletti who most recently was a backing the Spiteri Lucas Entertainment show having been scouted last year during the same competition. Passport 2 Indifest continues to unravel as the jury hear the ten semi-finalists once more and decide, who the final four should comprise of. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it takes place.

Source: Spiteri Lucas Entertainment, Clint Gerald Attard

Last weekend marked the initial phase of the upcoming edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, one of the few remaining music competitions which promotes the Maltese language noting that there is a strong sense of commitment with regards to the National language of the Maltese Islands. The history of the competition has also boasted some of the best talent that is on offer noting that artists who have done well have gone onto greener pastures with more success in the following competitions. This time round, the list of participants who made it through to the second phase showcases a change in guard with the most popular performers gaining their credibility in recent years noting that their stardom is still somewhat recent. Nevertheless, songwriters are still seemingly strong and have continuously been branding new talent to perform their respective compositions. 

The second phase of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza will be taking place during the morning and most of the afternoon noting that a five member panel of judges will be listening to the songs competing in the Talent Stabbilit amounting to forty-nine (49) in total and also the tracks competing in the Talent Żagħżugħ portion amounting to sixteen (16). They will be respectfully brought down to nineteen (19) and ten (10) with Simone Gauci already winning her place through the Passport 2 Indifest competition held on the programme Sas-Sitta produced by Spiteri Lucas Entertainment and shown on NET Television every Saturday afternoon. The programme will be playing an important role tomorrow noting that the committee of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza will be exclusively presenting the finalists in both portions of this years' competition on the show due to the involvement which has been noted throughout in terms of promotion. On behalf of the whole editorial team at escflashmalta.com, I would like to wish everyone the very best of luck!

Source: Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza Committee, Media.Link Communications